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Daily Archives: December 5, 2008

Man charged over death of 18 seal pups

Man charged over death of 18 seal pups

05/12/2008, by in News

A 47 year old man has been charged in connection with the deaths of 18 grey seal pups found on a beach on a small island off Whalsay.Scottish Natural Heritage workers alerted police when carrying out a seal survey on 29th November and when officers attended the beach at East Linga, just over three... Read more...

Failing demand closes quarry

Failing demand closes quarry

05/12/2008, by in News

BRINDISTER quarry is set to shut down.The building materials and aggregates suppliers Hanson Aggregates will close the site by the end of the year.According to communications manager David Weeks, the company has been suffering losses.He said: “Like many companies at the moment we have been s... Read more...

Wills turns to ombudsman for help

Wills turns to ombudsman for help

05/12/2008, by in News, Public Affairs

A COUNCILLOR is taking his quest to get the bottom of capital project failings which have cost the SIC several millions of pounds to the public services ombudsman.Lerwick South member Jonathan Wills confirmed that he would be writing to the ombudsman after being told face-to-face by Audit Scotland... Read more...

Doors close to new projects

Doors close to new projects

05/12/2008, by in News, Public Affairs

By JOHN ROBERTSONTHE COUNCIL has slapped a ban on discussing new building projects worth hundreds of mil­lions of pounds until it completes those already languishing on the stocks waiting to go.The idea of a moratorium was successfully pushed through by SIC services chairman Gus­sie Angus... Read more...

Mareel: Now the work can begin

Mareel: Now the work can begin

05/12/2008, by in Public Affairs

By NEIL RIDDELLTHE funding package for Shetland’s controversial cinema and music venue Mareel is finally in place after European investment of £2.8m was confirmed this week, meaning the cost will be split 50-50 between the SIC and external sources.A much-delayed announcement confirming the g... Read more...

Top Brae post goes to Orcadian PE man

Top Brae post goes to Orcadian PE man

05/12/2008, by in Public Affairs

THE new head teacher at Brae High School is Colin Kirkness, who was appointed to the post this week.Mr Kirkness, 40, is an Orcadian who was educated at Kirkwall Grammar School and then went to the Scottish School of Physical Education based at Jordanhill, Glasgow, part of Strathclyde University.... Read more...

Big Kirk transformation complete

Big Kirk transformation complete

05/12/2008, by in News

By LOUISE THOMASONREFURBISHMENTS to St Col­umba’s Church in Lerwick are almost complete.The renovation, undertaken by Irvine Contractors and overseen by Peter Johnson Partnership architects, has seen the “Big Kirk” transformed.The Church of Scotland had to take a decision on what to d... Read more...

Eastern takes over early as Flightline goes bust

Eastern takes over early as Flightline goes bust

05/12/2008, by in News

By JIM TAITEASTERN Airways has begun transporting offshore oil workers between Aberdeen and Shetland two months ahead of schedule, after the previous operator Flightline went into administration this week.Bristow Helicopters announced last month that Eastern Airways would run an interim con... Read more...

Bright future for decommissioning

Bright future for decommissioning

05/12/2008, by in News

By LOUISE THOMASONA MEETING to discuss the future of decom­missioning in Shetland was held this week.A steering group, led by representatives of local company Peterson SBS and hosted by Highlands and Islands Enterprise, came to Shetland to discuss the proposed decommissioning development p... Read more...

Protest over sex offender’s stay

Protest over sex offender’s stay

05/12/2008, by in News

RESIDENTS sent a petition to the SIC this week in protest at a paedophile being sent to live on a family housing estate as the man himself apologised for the upset caused by his presence.Mike Takoulas, 52, has been placed in a long-empty council house at Turniebrae, close to Dunrossness Primary Sc... Read more...

Fire means chip shop has to stop frying

Fire means chip shop has to stop frying

05/12/2008, by in News

THE centre of Lerwick was enveloped in smoke for a short period on Saturday lunchtime after one of the town’s chip shops went up in flames.Frying oil at Ian’s Fish & Chips, at Harrison Square on the Esplanade, caught fire shortly before 1pm and the shop was immediately evacuated, with poli... Read more...